Voting has begun in earnest for the 2016 Crikeys, and Ms Tips understands that the races for both Person of the Year and Arsehat of the Year are very close. As we told you on Monday, despite many nominations, Tony Abbott is ineligible for Arsehat of the Year this year, as we have awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award in Arsehattery. There’s no shortage of pollies on the list of arsehats though, with Peter Dutton on the list for specialising in immigration arsehattiness. Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer is a nominee for his obnoxiously large wedding (among other things), as is Mark Latham, for using his columns and Twitter to air strange personal grievances. The list of arsehats is not without female representation, with Miranda Devine, Bronwyn Bishop and Peta Credlin rounding out the nominees.

The nominees for Person of the Year actually make for uplifting reading. Adam Goodes is there, for standing up to racists and proudly displaying his Aboriginal heritage. Rosie Batty is nominated for her tireless work to bring domestic violence to the front of the national agenda, and Gillian Triggs is on the list for fighting the government that employs her when it comes to human rights. Voting is open until midday on Friday, you can cast your vote here.

Peter Fray

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